Top Forensic Psychiatrist Suggests Similarities Between Las Vegas Mass Murderer And Rep. Scalise Shooter (VIDEO)
In an appearance on Fox & Friends Tuesday, leading forensic psychiatrist Dr. Michael Welner offered insight into the mindset of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock. To attempt to understand Paddock’s thinking, Welner suggests looking at the case of James Hodgkinson, a left-wing shooter who opened fire on multiple GOP lawmakers, including Rep. Steve Scalise, at a baseball field.
On the potential similarities between Paddock and Hodgkinson, Welner told Fox & Friends the following:
“Well, if you want to understand the killer, the most important place to start is with the victims and what we can immediately see is that he had no relationship to the killers. A workplace mass shooter knows his victims. They want to destroy, annihilate the workplace — another key point. The family mass shooter, knows the family, wants to annihilate the family.
The criminal enterprise whats to kill the gang. So, it’s a stranger mass homicide and a strange mass homicide happens for one of two reasons. Either a person acting for a cause or a person acting because they want to transcend notoriety and kill as many people as possible — like a James Holmes. Here’s the thing — shooting for notoriety sake, and nothing more, is a young man’s crime and this is a 64-year-old with no dramatic mental illness, no major decline, someone who is intact.
I think if we want to understand what’s behind the crime, we should look at James Hodgkinson, the shooter of Congressman Scalise, because that crime itself was intended to be a spectacle and of much bigger scope. What he intended to do — Hodgkinson — was to not only kill all of those lawmakers, but in doing so we would have had to have special elections to replace all of them, and if it weren’t for the security people who intercepted him, you had all sorts of Congressmen and lawmakers in a a dug out defenseless, who would have been mowed down. My point is, a spectacle, is designed to cause some derivative impact, or to instigate some cause discussion.”
Shooter James T. Hodgkinson was a Bernie Supporter and Trump hater
Republican Representative Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip, and his aides were shot during baseball practice on June 14th.
Scalise was shot in the hip and tried to drag himself off the field after he was shot.
The shooter was identified:
The Washington Post reported:
The shooter at the GOP congressional baseball practice this morning is James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., according to law enforcement officials. Hodgkinson, 66, owns a home inspection business.
Hodgkinson was from Belleville, Illinois across the river from St. Louis.
He is a Bernie supporter:
Facebook page of alleged shooter James Hodgkinson's shows he was an ardent Bernie Sanders supporter. pic.twitter.com/wrSOBANNn8
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) June 14, 2017
Hodgkinson was a TRUMP HATER!
More on Hodgkinson from the Guardian UK:
James “Tom” Hodgkinson, the gunman who shot congressman Steve Scalise during an attack on a Republican congressional baseball practice session on Wednesday, was a leftwing political activist with a record of domestic violence.
Hodgkinson, 66, died from injuries sustained during a shootout with police. He was previously based in Belleville, Illinois, but had been living in Alexandria, Virginia, the site of Wednesday’s shooting, for the past two months.
The US Capitol police confirmed in a statement on Wednesday afternoon that Hodgkinson was the gunman, and that he had died in an exchange of fire with agents from their dignitary protection division.
The FBI said that it was investigating Hodgkinson’s “associates, whereabouts, social media impressions, and potential motivations.”